June 7, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa - Leah Eber took ninth place in the women’s long jump at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday evening. Eber was the first of two Boilermakers to compete in the championships as Dani Bunch will compete on Friday in the shot put.
Eber had the nation’s 13th best jump heading into the championships. Despite that fact, the senior was able to qualify for the final round on Thursday as she posted a distance of 6.30m (20-08.00). That mark was the same distance as Julienne McKee of Georgia Tech, but McKee had more of a wind advantage and therefore finished behind Eber and did not qualify for the finals.
In the final round of three jumps, Eber was unable to jump any farther than her third. Christabel Nettey of Arizona State finished just ahead of the Boilermaker senior as she finished in eighth with a best mark of 6.37m (20-10.75). Kylie Price finished in seventh place. The freshman from UCLA jumped 6.43m (21-01.25). Andrea Geubelle finished in sixth place. The Kansas junior leapt 6.50m (21-04.00).
Karynn Dunn of Stanford finished in fifth place with a distance of 6.55m (21-06.00). Francine Simpson of Kansas took fourth with a jump of 6.57m (21-06.75). Chelsea Hayes finished in third place. The Louisiana Tech senior jumped 6.58m (21-07.25) to pick up the bronze medal. Tori Bowie finished with the silver medal. The senior from Southern Miss jumped 6.66m (21-10.25) with her final jump to secure second place. Whitney Gipson of TCU was this year’s National Champion. The senior was able to leap 6.82m (22-04.25) to earn gold.
Eber finished her illustrious career at Purdue as the top jumper in school history. Her name litters the record books for both the indoor and outdoor seasons. She won four Big Ten Titles in the long jump, two indoor and two outdoor, and took third place in the indoor event earlier this year.
Bunch will compete for the Boilermakers on Friday at 6 p.m. ET. Bunch will be the final competitor for Purdue in the championships. Live results can be found at PurdueSports.com.